A novel way to husband the land

A novel way to husband the land
Michael and Matt appeared on Claire Byrne during the week Pic: RTE.ie

The legalising of same-sex marriage has provided fertile ground for single farmers wanting to avoid family inheritance rules - and what of it?

About two years ago, not long after the marriage referendum was passed, I was working behind the counter in our rural pub nestled under the west Wicklow hills. This is farming country and land is talked about as if it was a bona fide member of the family.

The general attitude towards same-sex marriage was “live and let live”: it was not a political issue that particularly excited debate in our pub. But the implications...

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